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FABLES of ʃeveral Authors.

The Moral.


'Tis a piece of Market Policy, for People of a Trade to bear hard One upon another, when it comes once to the Question betwixt a Couple of Knaves, which is the Honester Man of the Two.

REFLEXION.


There are no Greater Atheists under the Sun, then that sort of People that Distinguishes it self from other Men by the Name of the Godly, and the Ungodly Party: No Arranter Hypocrites in Hell, then those that told the Sons of Levi they took too much upon them, but that Congregation was Holy Every Man of 'em, and the Lord was among them. Divine Vengeance cut them off we see, Flagranti Crimine, for the Earth Open'd her Mouth and Swallow'd them up, Them and their whole Party, and they went down Alive into the Pit. No People so Unmerciful to Poor Little Whores, and Thieves, as Rich Great Ones. The Griping Usurer Inveighs against Extortion; Church-Robbers against Sacrilege; the most Insupportable of Tyrants, Exclaim against the Exercise of Arbitrary Power; and none so Fierce against the Sin of Rebellion, as the most Execrable of Traytors Themselves. Thus we find it in these Instances; and the fame Pharisaical Spirit runs through the whole Roll of our Darling Iniquities. The Miller is brought in here Preaching against Stealing; and it is upon the whole matter an Unaccountable Truth, that we do all Naturally pretend the Greatest Aversion to that Lewdness in Another, which we most Indulge in our Selves. This is it that we call Crying Whore First; as if the Impudence of Out-facing the Wickedness, were some fort of Attonement for the Scandal of it.



FINIS.